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Justin Bieber

Photog Killed

After Chasing Bieber's Ferrari

1/2/2013 8:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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7:30AM PST:
Justin released a statement, saying ... "Hopefully this tragedy will finally inspire meaningful legislation and whatever other necessary steps to protect the lives and safety of celebrities, police officers, innocent public bystanders, and the photographers themselves."

8:40PM PST
Justin Bieber was not in the Ferrari ... sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ.  We're told one of Justin's friends was driving and another friend was in the passenger seat.

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A paparazzo attempting to shoot photos of Justin Bieber's Ferrari was hit by another car and killed this evening -- although Bieber was NOT behind the wheel of the Ferrari ... TMZ has learned.  

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ Bieber's white Ferrari was pulled over by California Highway Patrol for speeding on the 405 ... near the Getty Center in LA.   The CHP directed the driver to pull off the freeway, onto Sepulveda Blvd.

According to our sources, Bieber was DEFINITELY not driving at the time.

We're told a paparazzo -- who was following the Ferrari at the time of the pull over -- attempted to snap pics while officers conducted the traffic stop.

The photog then crossed Sepulveda to snap pics and was told twice by the CHP to go back to his car on the other side of the road.  When the photog tried crossing back, he was struck by an oncoming vehicle as he crossed back and was killed.

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Our sources say drugs and alcohol were not a factor for the driver of the vehicle that hit the photog.

LAPD is now on scene investigating the incident.

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481 COMMENTS

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136.

Diamond Goddess!    

*sigh*
This was, sadly, totally inevitable!!!
(Did he at least GET the pic so his family can sell it and have $$$ to live on ?)

557 days ago
137.

mdell27    

Justin Bieber should be thrown in prison for LIFE.. He wasn't even there you say? Well tough, life isn't fair.

557 days ago
138.

sapphire    

Couldn't have happened to a nicer bloodsucker, I'm sure.... Paparazzi needs to learn when to step back.

557 days ago
139.

val     

Paparazzi must stop. We don't know if they are felons or criminals or who they are. Sorry he was killed. Sorry more for the person who hit him who is a victim too. I hope there is a license for psps if they are allowed to continue in their biz just like real estate brokers or the like for we don't know .. again we have no clue who these active paps are and they are dangerous on the road themselves. STOP THE PAPARAZZI NOW FROM DOING THESE JOBS AND FIND PHOTOS ELSEWHERE BUT STOP BUYING FROM THESE GUYS AND IF YOU'RE GOING TO BUY, HIRE THE PHOTOGRAPHERS ON SALARY WITH COMMISSION AND FIND OUT WHO THE HELL THEY ARE. THEY CAN BE STALKERS AND SERIAL KILLER, STEAL FROM CELEBS, ANYTHING. This sadly was bound to happen and we need to end their ability to run after celebs for photos and harm innocents. This is the first time a paparazzi got it and my regrets to the famiy but this is cause to end their future endeavors. NO MORE PAPARAZZI IN CALIFORNIA PLEASE!

557 days ago
140.

just because    

murderer

557 days ago
141.

just because    

burn in h-e-double-hockey sticks

557 days ago
142.

monique    

what a waist of life, chasing after tomorrow's vanilla ice

557 days ago
143.

EasilyHard    

Its a slimy job. Another 1 bites the dust TmZ Im spilling my mocha latte in his honor

557 days ago
144.

The Man They Call Louis    

Karma's a bitch ain't it?. Thinking back to when Princess Diana died because all of those photographers were chasing after her...you know what?, I'm glad this happened...the guy wouldn't listen to the cops, that's what he gets for being greedy and trying to get the "shot".

557 days ago
145.

Carol guerra    

We are a family waiting for a detective to call. We read that the young photographer was named Chris, I am terrified that its my nephew. I am hurt and indeep pain at the cruel comments about my nephew by people who are misinformed about him as a person. I'm praying that its not him, his phone does not answer, the detective has yet to return the call,y chest is tight. Omg . Chris never chased at high speed , he was respectful. As a matter of fact some time back he was following Justin Beiber who was going unsafely fast so Chris pulled to the side n says ..Dude slow down be safe n Beiber told him hey I'm lost n I know you guys kno whereupon hotel is n can you help me out? So Chris had Beiber follow him to his hotel , That's the kind of person my nephew is . I pray that it isn't Chris . Please be kind we are a family in deep pain here. Thank you

557 days ago
146.

Phoenix    

i love you Justin http://phimsky.com/index.php

557 days ago
147.

TEAM LAMMY    

About time! Not surprised. They should fine the media outlet too. They put other drivers at risk

557 days ago
148.

Namor    

WGAF

557 days ago
149.

franchris1121    

Please im begging you guys his a very nice person... pls stop saying bad on him because his a good man...

557 days ago
150.

BOBCAT    

Well sad day for him did he get the pictures the tires as they ran his ass over ...

557 days ago
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